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During 1999 in Argentina, Daniel Noya (vocalist) decides to create a band and joins Eduardo Aguirre (Guitar), Sebastian Chiarini (Guitar)and Hiro (Keyboards) with whom he starts to work in the project, for the year 2000 and with some compositions they call Pablo Villanueva (Bass) and Claudio Fazio (Drums) so ATEMPO is completed.

But before the year 2000 ends, Ganiel Noya leaves the band and is replaced by Julian Juarez, but he they decide to continue searching for a more appropriate voice to represent the band and in April of 2002 Mariella Gonzalez (Former NEXUS vocalist), with who they release the band's debut "Abismo del Tiempo".

But the problems continue and after recording the album Sebastian Chiarini decides to leave ATEMPO.

The first album is well received in Argentina and reaches number 35 in European charts, but again in 2004 due too health problems Mariella has to leave the band and music, being replaced by Zeta Katzman.

According to their site, before Mariella leaved the band, they had a second album called "Bienvenidos al Circo de los Túneles" but in December 2005 the band surprises everybody changing the name of this second release for "Simple"

The style of ATEMPO is influenced by Camel but has a lot of Operatic elements, but in general terms is hard to compare them with other bands, because despite you can find some influences from Geness and Marillion once in a while, their sound is very versatile, being able to be soft and calm in some themes but strong and close to Hard Rock in other tracks.

Both albums are good additions to any Prog collection and prove that Neo Prog didn't died with the 80's decade as many people still believe.

Iván Melgar Morey - Perú

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3.34 | 15 ratings
Abismos Del Tiempo
3.04 | 9 ratings
3.50 | 10 ratings

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 Abismos Del Tiempo  by ATEMPO album cover Studio Album, 2003
3.34 | 15 ratings

Abismos Del Tiempo
Atempo Neo-Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars ATEMPO were an idea of Argentinian vocalist Daniel Noya,who recruited guitarists Eduardo Aguirre and Sebastian Chiarini along with keyboardists Hiro,bassist Pablo Villanueva and drummer Claudio Fazio at the end of the 90's to make his dream come true.However Noya quits a year after,replaced for a little time by Julian Juarez and then by NEXUS-singer Mariella Gonzalez.ATEMPO released their first album on Record Runner in 2003,entitled ''Abismos del tiempo''.

Running at over 70 minutes,you won't realize what is to come by the listening of the first three tracks:slow atmospheric keyboards,smooth acoustic (and a few electric) guitars and fronted by the voice of Gonzalez,these tracks create a ballad-like psychedelic atmosphere,a very calm one for the average proghead's ear...but what actually follows is a grandiose classical-inspired 47-min. epic with changing climates and a balanced intensity.''El Final'' is split in nine parts,which range from dynamic keyboard-driven groovy parts and excellent flashy synth-based solos to soft piano-led classical music and some awesome vocal lines.The composition flows unbelievably nice and easy,while it also contains some supporting guitar work and very strong drumming.Symphonic rock combined with classical music at its best,obviously influenced by acts like E.L.P.,RICK WAKEMAN and TRACE.The overall sound reminds me also of some other Latin-American keyboard-based progsters like BLEZQI ZATSAZ or JAIME ROSAS QUARTET.''Abismos del tiempo'' worths to be discovered even only for the maginificent epic it contains,as the three other tracks do not reach the same level of inspiration and musicianship.A nice modern symphonic suite.

 Abismos Del Tiempo  by ATEMPO album cover Studio Album, 2003
3.34 | 15 ratings

Abismos Del Tiempo
Atempo Neo-Prog

Review by pirkka

3 stars This a really good prog symphony from Argentina. The four first tracs are like warming up to the magnificant epic El Final with its length of 47 + mins! The singin is all the time fine but Somehow the singer, Mariela Gonzalez, is kept in too low registewr for her. The music has many times a feeling that much is tried to do but only a little if nothing is accomplished. Similar feelings I get when listening to Glass Hammer. This is not best prog in Spanish, but very enjoyable music that grows all the time as it progresses but then looses the grip often and must start all over. IMO the best prog in Spanish is Mago de Oz (if it is spanish?). I give this a good 3 stars, it is good but not essential.
 Simple by ATEMPO album cover Studio Album, 2005
3.04 | 9 ratings

Atempo Neo-Prog

Review by erik neuteboom
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Three years after their debut CD Abismos Del Tiempo (2003) here is the new album entitled Simple from the Argentine five piece band Atempo. Female singer Mariela Gonzalez (ex-Nexus) has been replaced by Zeta, guitarplayer Sebastian Chiarini has left the band too.

1. Subreal 1 : This composition starts slow, followed by a heavy and bombastic atmosphere featuring opera-like vocals and mellow pieces with beautiful piano, warm vocals and great orchestrations. The final part is outstanding delivering a very sensitive electric guitar solo, beautiful piano and dramatic vocals.

2. Triste : First a dreamy climate with fragile piano work, in the end a great finale with howling electric guitar runs.

3. El Circo De Los Tuneles : A very alternating track with twanging guitars and soaring guitar, a slow rhythm with dreamy vocals, sumptuous keyboards and vocals with lots of passion, a mellow part with senstitive electric guitar and in the end a fiery and bombastic atmosphere featuring heavy guitar riffs and sweeping drum beats.

4. Simple : Another varied song, from dreamy with piano and sensitive electric guitar and a strong beat with sparkling piano to bombastic with flashy synthesizer runs. The fluent shifting moods shows the huge progress Atempo has made in 3 years!

5. Experimento - SU 2.0 : After fragile piano work the music becomes more and more fluent and swinging to a mid-tempo rhythm with sparkling piano and a dynamic rhythm-section. The focus is on fiery saxophone work and jazzy- like piano, the interplay is great.

In my opinion Atempo has prooved their huge potention with this captivating album.

 Abismos Del Tiempo  by ATEMPO album cover Studio Album, 2003
3.34 | 15 ratings

Abismos Del Tiempo
Atempo Neo-Prog

Review by mariowar

5 stars This is the best progressive release in spanish ever (Nexus is very recommended also). The music, the production, the intrumental interplay and the awesome voice of Mariela, who left the band soon later due to serious health reasons. If you are into conceptual, dramatic, and symphonic music this is a must, no matter if you understand spanish or not. By the way this IS ROCK, it is not heavy but it isn't very mellow either. You'll be amazed.
 Abismos Del Tiempo  by ATEMPO album cover Studio Album, 2003
3.34 | 15 ratings

Abismos Del Tiempo
Atempo Neo-Prog

Review by Marcelo
Prog Reviewer

3 stars A particularity in the ATEMPO debut is that its female singer, Mariela González, was the vocalist in two studio albums made by another contemporary Argentinian band: NEXUS. Precisely, doing some comparison between both groups (the most renamed in Argentina), we could say that NEXUS is to ELP (keyboards orientated, more bombastic and symphonic) what ATEMPO is to CAMEL (guitar is the main instrument and music is more accesible). The common point is, obviously, the powerful voice of Mariela González, but I think that it was more "well crafted" in NEXUS.

"Abismos Del Tiempo" has 4 themes where dramatic elements are emphasized in lyrics, some dense instrumentation and -specially- in the singing style. While "Héroe de la Soledad" has a dark and even heavy atmosphere, following two cuts -"Lluvia Mística" and "Cárcel de Sueños"- are some kind of intense ballads. At this point, we would talk about a correct and simply nice album, but with "El Final" (a 47+ minutes suite) the best progressive elements appear: instrumentation becomes more complex, and variations and beautiful soundscapes invades the listener. Not completely a majestic track because melodic beauty disappears at some moments, but really enjoyable.

This is a good album, not superlative. Well worth a listen, but I would recommend -for those who want to know the contemporary Argentinian progressive panorama- to start with NEXUS' "Metanoia" or "Detrás del Umbral".

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